Worst Box Art
They say you only have one chance to make a good first impression. Model kits make their first impressions with their box art. While I've never based my decision to purchase a kit solely on what is essentially the hobby's version of a profile picture, a well done work of art does go a long way to inspire me.
Here is a short list of box art that I consider some of the worst, and least inspiring.
Hasegawa Real Thing
Hasegawa has been known to make some pretty attractive box art, but their trend toward using photographs of the real thing are just boring.
Revell's box art is typically OK. This one makes the list, however, because I'm not sure why this Fishbed would have it's air brakes open while in afterburner.
All of Testor's Box Art
Basically the modeling equivalent of still life, it's just objects arranged in a some what photogenic manner that aren't even marginally better than the WIP photos I produce at my workbench. And what's with that paint brush? As if you could produce a finish like that with a Testor's brush that has bristles as thick as guitar strings...
This AMT Viper
This is more fitting for the cover of an early 90's computer game than scale model box art. It's also a bit of a mess - the proportions are off especially up front and the lettering on the tail is skewed.
This is really just atrocious. Looks like they just copied their final CAD drawing and pasted it to a Windows 98 desktop background...hideous.
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